Lionsgate, the parent company of STARZ, signed a deal with cable company Comcast that will allow for STARZ to remain on Comcast. The carriage agreement covers television and film content for the Peacock streaming service.
Earlier this year, Comcast threated to drop STARZ from their lineup if favorable terms were not met by the end of 2019.
The new agreement ends a longstanding dispute and guarantees that Xfinity subscribers will continue to have access to popular shows on STARZ like ‘Power’ and ‘Outlander’ episodes.
Starz and Encore are to remain in Comcast premium channel packages before eventually being transitioned to be sold individually.
In return, Lions Gate agreed to license its television and film content to Comcast’s streaming platform, Peacock, which launches next April.
We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with Comcast to deliver great content and great value to our customers.
Our ongoing relationship with Comcast reflects our ability to unlock opportunities across all of our businesses to the benefit of our subscribers.Starz president-CEO Jeffrey Hirsch.
We are still negotiating to try to reach a deal with Starz that makes sense for us and our customers,” Comcast spokesman John Demming said. “Starz and StarzEncore content will remain in customer packages until the end of the month under our current agreement.”Coomcast
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